BIBLE READING: 1 Timothy 5: 22 - 25 22 Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader. Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 Don't drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often. 24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.
What does this passage mean to you?
Note: Verse 23: The wine Paul was instructing Timothy to drink isn't the same as the wine people drink today.
BLOG: So yesterday, I started sharing with you how to take a great selfie. If you don't get it by now, what is in your heart will show up on your face. When you walk into a room, do people run up and welcome you or duck for cover. You've got to watch your attitude because it is your witness BEFORE you say a word.
Have you ever seen the selfie with too many teeth! You think, "They are thrilled!" Or "Are they on something?" "What are they over-compensating for?" Now in defense of some people, they never learned how to smile. All they know to do is show as many teeth as possible. But still!
How about that person who cannot take a serious picture - ever! No matter what or where, they have to do something, "different." It makes you wonder if they got enough hugs as a kid?
Happy, joyful pictures are often displayed for all to see. But what is going on behind our smiles? Broken hearts and lives often produce a forced smile or a goofy face. It's easier than trying to give something away (a smile) that you don't have.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Jesus wanted us to have joy, something that would never leave us even in our pain. Joy is what sustains us because it's foundation is in Him, not our circumstances. Take joy and let it complete your heart. Even amid life, there is always someone greater, Jesus and something greater, a life with Him.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, fill me with Your joy today. AMEN!